Kanye West came face-to-face with a photog in NYC Tuesday ... and kept his cool in the cool.
Kanye -- bedecked in a cowl scarf -- was walking to his tricked-out van ... when our photog spotted him. After buttering him up, the photog asked about the rapper's court case. He didn't get a response, but the good news ... he didn't get beat up.
Kanye was ordered Tuesday to attend 24 therapy sessions for anger management ... as part of his plea bargain in his L.A. battery case.